Black and white

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If you’re more in­ter­ested in pho­tograph­ing peo­ple than the colour­ful sur­round­ings, then con­sider con­vert­ing your im­ages to mono­chrome. Get­ting rid of the colour helps to sim­plify busy scenes and al­lows the ex­pres­sions on peo­ple’s faces to come through more di­rectly. It also gives im­ages a doc­u­men­tary feel. Some of the great­est fair­ground pho­tog­ra­phy is in black and white (check out Susan Meise­las’s por­trayal of car­ni­val strip­pers from the 1970s). And at night, the ex­treme con­trast you get at any brightly-lit event creates patches of high­lights and shad­ows that play bril­liantly to the strengths of black-and-white pho­tog­ra­phy.

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